Napkin Chatter brings to you the first chapter of the Chronicles of Chaat! In three parts explore some of the most lip-smacking chaat from the streets of Allahabad.
Chaat literally means to lick (at least that's what Rocky and Mayur say) That sound your tongue makes when you've had that tangy spicy chatpata chaat – the automatic twang in your mouth when tongue and roof palate meet. I cannot imagine a more appropriate name for this genre of food. It is a well established fact that every city or region has its own unique chaat culture. Allahabadi chaat is in deed quite different from the stuff that is offered in Delhi or Bombay.
This journey has been possible solely due to the kindness of the Mimani Family. They are native residents of the city and know the food scene better than anyone. Probably because the love for food runs in the family. Mrs. Mimani's culinary skills and delicious food has always been a gravitating force that pulls me towards Allahabad, however, this series will bring to you something else I was introduced to by her son, my friend and fellow gourmand Raghav - chaat from the streets of Allahabad.
The city is full of iconic street food. I have probably just begun to scratch the surface. There is a list of places I am yet to visit including the famous Nirala ki Chaat. That is for the future, for now – here is the present...
Part I – The Holy Master of Chaat:Guruji
- Located in Colonel Ganj
Part II – Shiv Chaat Bhandaar (Shambu ki Chaat)
- Located in Harsh Vardhan Crossing
Part III – Tamatar Chaat @ SantoshChat Corner
- Located in George Town/Tagore Town